Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Serve your community while promoting public safety. Our degree and certificate programs prepare for you for police, corrections, or security careers.

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What is Criminal Justice?

You will work in the field of law enforcement, corrections, court systems, loss safety and prevention, and other related areas. Criminal justice occupations have evolved from jobs with minimal requirements to employment positions that require complex knowledge and skills.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
low: $43k med: $62k high: $98k

What are my career choices?

Federal, state, county, municipal levels of government, and private sectors of the criminal justice field. As part of the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Criminal Justice Degree at MCTC you can choose from four different tracks: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Corrections and Security and Loss Prevention. Progression in the Criminal Justice Program is contingent upon the achievement of a grade of C or better in each CRJ course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better.

Criminal Justice Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Criminal Justice Core $30,280
Security and Loss Prevention $37,182
Corrections $40,300
Advanced Law Enforcement $52,649
Computer Forensics $81,062
Criminal Justice- Criminal Justice Track $43,866
Criminal Justice- Corrections Track $40,300
Criminal Justice- Law Enforcement Track $62,181
Criminal Justice - Security and Loss Prevention Track $37,182

What classes do I have to take?

You will take a core of criminal justice courses, technical electives related to criminal justice and general education courses.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Degrees and Transfers

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Criminal Justice Degree

To see a complete course listing for each credential use the KCTCS Course Catalog.

Other Important Information

Most potential employers will require that graduates have a criminal background check and security clearance. A felony conviction or a bad driving record could keep you from gaining employment. Also, keep in mind that some agencies will usually have physical fitness requirements.


Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

Dallas L. McKinney
Criminal Justice
Program Coordinator/Instructor
(859) 499-6282 ext. 66518